The chance to meet Fabio Capello and watch the England squad train was one of the prizes that helped contribute towards the £202,774 raised at the Sir Bobby Robson Breakthrough auction this month.
The online auction, which concluded at the weekend with a celebratory Evening Ball in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, saw some of football’s biggest names donate prizes with the proceeds going towards the late England Manager’s cancer charity, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Prizes included an FC Barcelona experience with personal presentation by Pep Guardiola, two match tickets and hospitality at 2012 UEFA Champions League final, a signed shirt and ball from David Beckham and Centre Court tickets for next year’s Wimbledon championship.
Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho, contributed the auction’s biggest selling item with his 2010 Ballon D’Or trophy for the World’s Best Coach going for a massive £26,000.
The event was led by local volunteer and fundraiser, Gina Long, and Lady Elsie Robson commented: "My family and I are extremely grateful to Gina for her vision, hard work and enthusiasm in creating this ambitious charity venture.
“Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Auction has taken a tremendous amount of effort and we are all very appreciative of the many people who have pitched in and helped by volunteering their time, expertise and incredible auction prizes.
"When my husband and I launched our charity in 2008, Bob said he felt like he was at the helm of a team again and taking on a challenge far greater than any football match.
"We began with the aim to equip a centre to trial new cancer drugs and we've been able to fulfil that ambition and do so much more.
“Sadly cancer affects us all in one way or another, but with us all pulling together, one day we will beat it."
The FA is long-term supporters of Sir Bobby’s cancer trial centre at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle with Fabio Capello personally delivering a cheque for £75,000 at the centre’s launch in February 2009.
Over £200,000 raised for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.